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Unread 07-23-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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hello, I am thinking about signing up for my first cookoff. I have never cooked in a comp before so any advice would be good. My team myself and 2 other guys. We will be cooking on a UDS and a smokey mt. We have been practicing to get our times down right but what else should we know? Also what are some of the things that we should bring for the weekend to make life eaiser?

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Unread 07-23-2012, 06:16 PM   #2
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Great post. I'm in the same boat as yourself and entering my 1st cook-off this sept and entered the rib & tri-tip categories. Any info/tips would be greatly appreciated. Here's a link to the competition I entered.
http://www.blazinhog.com/
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hot water is always a plus. makes cleaning up alot eaiser. get an igloo and fill with hot water
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Go disposable for as much as you can. Have a time line written down. Don't bring it if you don't need it. Ask for help from a neighbor if something goes wrong. Ask before entering someone elses site. Know the rules. Ask questions at cooks meeting or talk with rep one on one after meeting. Have fun but stay focused. Get some sleep. Keith
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Get your entire system written down, create a checklist and follow it. I went to a comp and forgot my brisket rub. Didn't have it all laid out and checked off as it went into the tub.

Assuming it's a KCBS contest, make sure you know the rules, but don't panic over them. They are pretty simplistic and easy to follow, but there are lots of people who don't bother to read them.

Ask the reps at the contest about anything. Let them know what you're planning to do and see if they have tips for you. They've been around the block a time or two and they should know the rules inside and out.

Drink, have fun. Just don't drink too much.
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Here are a couple of competition checklists. You may not need all of this, or it may be missing something particular to you, but they are a good starting point.

The best advice I can give you guys, besides have fun, is to do a mock competition in your driveway or back yard. Set up exactly as you plan at the comp and run a full cook with the same timing. Then, whenever you have to go into the house for something add it to your list.
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Here are a couple of competition checklists. You may not need all of this, or it may be missing something particular to you, but they are a good starting point.

The best advice I can give you guys, besides have fun, is to do a mock competition in your driveway or back yard. Set up exactly as you plan at the comp and run a full cook with the same timing. Then, whenever you have to go into the house for something add it to your list.
Did you forget to link to some checklists?
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practice at home. have back up plans/adaptability/what if's in place.

it will be hot, it will be cold, it will be dry, and it will rain. prepare for all of them.

if something doesn't seem right, sit back and take 5 minutes to think about it. unless it's a blzing fire that could cause harm 5 minutes ain't gonna hurt nuthin'.
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Did you forget to link to some checklists?
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http://www.smokingunsbbq.com/checklist.cfm

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hot water is always a plus. makes cleaning up alot eaiser. get an igloo and fill with hot water

We used a 4qt coffee maker (buffet/resturant style) without the filter and coffee. Hot water every 15mins!! With three bus tubs, wash, rinse, sanatize. With a practice run the weekend before we placed 23rd (I think) outta 34 in our first comp last weekend in Kettering, OH. Couldn't be happier!!


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I just finish my first comp last weekend, the biggest mistake I made and I'm sure it cost me was not spending the time to learn to build a better turn in box's. As has already been said make a time line working backwards from turn in times and stick to them. Have fun. If you using those plastic folding tables build leg extension get it up to 36" or something comfortable, my back is still sore I wish I brought a


, but with 3 people you can take turns getting good sleep. It was just me and my 2 kids. so sleeping comfortable within ear shot of pit would have been nice. Have fun. Bring a notepad to write down everything you wish you brought or wish you hadn't. And most important Have fun!!

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thanks for all the advice. i will let you know how it all goes.
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Get a good cooler or a Cambro, finish the big meats early, sometimes they stall for too long when trying to time them. DO NOT make last minute changes because you think you found something wonderful, you didn't. Stick with what you know and go from there, it's a ton of fun.
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... DO NOT make last minute changes because you think you found something wonderful, you didn't. Stick with what you know and go from there, it's a ton of fun.

That sounds like good advice
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